Monday, May 19, 2014

How Beautiful

I received the nicest email this weekend about my arrangement of "How Beautiful" by Twila Paris. The director wanted to know if I had a recording of the song that he could share with his handbell choir. I don't have one, but I remembered seeing this handbell choir on YouTube playing it. I thought others would also like to hear it.

Thanks to this fine handbell choir for playing my arrangement. You can find it at Jeffers Handbell Supply if you want your choir to paly it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Song for Palm Sunday - Psalm 24

I gave up years ago trying to get choral or congregational music published. It's pretty much impossible to get a publisher to look at your music. But here is a song that my congregations have enjoyed singing. We sing it throughout the year, but it makes a nice Palm Sunday song. I'm happy for you to use it. It would be nice if you would send me a note or leave a comment if you do. The first two pictures here are vocal parts with guitar chords. After that you'll find a copy of the song with piano that is several pages long. If you click on the pages they will enlarge. (or send me an e-mail and I'll send you a PDF file.)

The tempo should be around quarter note=140.

There are a few more pages. Write me and I'll send you the PDF. Much easier than trying to get the song here.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

How Beautiful

On my blogs I have a widgett called feedjit that tells me how people come to my blogs. It's kind of interesting to see how people from all over the world end up on some of my blogs.

I was just looking at my worship blog Hilldale's Worship Blog and saw that someone had googled "rev lyndel littleton" and I was curious to see what came up, so I clicked on it. Mostly there were posts from my blogs. But there was one that looked like this - Bulletin 6-27-201 - ONEderful

So of course I had to click on it. It turns out that it was the Sunday bulletin for the traditional service at First Baptist Church, Augusta, GA. They were observing the Lord's Supper that morning and as they passed out the cups they played my arrangement of "How Beautiful" by Twila Paris.

It's always nice to see that someone has played one of my pieces. This is a nice arrangement (if I say so myself) so if you have handbells you should check it out. You can get it from Jeffers Handbell Supply. 1-800-JHS-BELL

Review: Twila Paris' beautifully crafted melody is combined with Lyndel Littleton's skill at setting it for handbells in this 3, 4, or 5 octave setting. The beauty shines through gently syncopated accompaniment, playful staccato technique at just the right place, and shimmering mallets on suspended treble bells. Make the text available to your listeners for greater effect. 130 measures.

Published by: Ringing Word Publications
Copyright: 2003
How Beautiful

Monday, May 17, 2010

Georgia State Handbell Festival

I have a post about the Georgia State Handbell Festival on my Worship Blog, but I thought I would put more pictures up here for those wanting to see more pictures. If you missed that post, click here

Now what am I supposed to do with these?

The only thing that would have made the weekend better would have been playing one of my handbell pieces. (Shameless self-promoting, but it is my blog afterall.)

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Google alerts just notified me that my name was mentioned by the Al Hemer music company. They have God of Our Fathers up on there web site for sale.
Check it out here.

God of Our Fathers

A dynamic and energetic arrangement of the "National Hymn" for 3-5 octaves handbell choir. Recurring triplet figure recalls the trumpets that herald each verse of the hymn. Appropriate for church, school and festivals. Especially useful for patriotic events.
Vendor: Alfred
Item No: 00-18569
UPC: UPC: 38081169415
Category: Vocal

Friday, January 30, 2009

A List for Judy

A friend from years ago asked if I had some challenging handbell pieces that her community choir might enjoy. Here are links to posts about some of my songs that are more challenging.

God of Our Fathers -

Brethren We Have Met to Worship -

Promised Land - I play it a little faster than this choir did

To God Be the Glory is another one that is more difficult but I guess I've never blogged about it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Nice Note

I received a really nice e-mail yesterday from a lady in Kansas. She told me how much my arrangement of "Brethren" - hymn tune "Holy Manna" - means to her. She said she told her bell choir a story that she pictures as she hears the song of worshippers coming to church and how exciting that time of worship is.

It's always nice to hear that something you have written has touched someone's heart.

If you play bells and have never played my arrangement of "Brethren, We Have Met to Worship" you really should get it. It is a ton of fun to play. Lots of key changes and marts and mallets and swings... keeps EVERYONE very, very busy.

It is published by Jeffers. 1-800-JHS-BELL